Remember that reality typically reigns over expectations. Our expectations are merely a guess from past experiences for what might transpire in the future.
It is best for us to know and pursue life with our purpose as the ultimate goal and to be prepared for lessons to be learned as reality presents itself. Patience and persistence are required in this journey.
The pursuit of your purpose is what will genuinely motivate and direct you, often regardless of the expectation levels that might be held by yourself and others.
“That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect.” — Lev Grossman —